Back in 2016 been pondering what kind of first car could my missus have. Knowing the colour she'd want in, weighing fun, garageability, ICE, 206, newish, and few other factors, after numerous candidates I decided to sneak out to a salvage yard and bring a CC back to the 2nd life:
☑ Black is the new black
☑ Well preserved leather interior
☑ Fun drop top for summers
☑ JBL sound system as optional extra from factory (including elongated sub in the boot)
☑ It's a 206! (really..)
☑ Year 2007
☑ 62,700 on the clock
The damage done was this side scrape (looks worse than it is):
and a failed power steering pump (from running dry) -- it had lost the PAS fluid when its pressure sensor (aiding the ESP/ASR system) blew apart:
What could have caused this to happen? Trapped air when low on fluid? Soaring temperatures of heatwaves in summer of '16?
After hiding Symio at the unit, sourcing the spares, and repairing when work on the garage permitted (or not), one year later this CC has been brought up to somewhat presentable and revealed to my unaware missus for her birthday:
Next up I'll write about how it was to straighten the dents and do the preliminary electric PAS pump conversion (the latter will get condensed into a HOW-TO)
You can see from previous photo that cambelt sprockets are exposed, decided to tidy that up, which meant sprockets off, meaning new cambelt, meaning new waterpump, meaning coolant change, meaning "Hal fixing a lightbulb". Was due for cambelt anyway due to no service history from that salvage yard and the mileage.
Yet absolutely loved the engine's designation cast print proudly shining!
TU5JP4 (1.6 16v NFU) cambelt replacement instructions are not in 206 Haynes manual, but they are in the 307 one ..and Autodata is your friend, always. As well as this guy.
Locking up the crankshaft was another pain point, Haynes showing even exhaust manifold removed for easier access. But by the looks of it, oil filter might have to come off, especially if the hole into the flywheel has gunked up with rust.
The middle torx bolt that fixes the inner cambelt cover in place had a small oil leak. I realised it had't been done up properly! Or had come undone due to the oil collecting behind it.
Looks like the cast has been machined up to the very area of the oil gallery itself, so I dried it up as much as possible, dabbed some thread locker, tightened to 22 Nm and hope the oil'll never come back through
The amount of cursing and bashing that the old water pump took was immense. It just caked up from all possible deposits within + time. Initial impactful prying resulted in this:
Finally found an angle where to place the crowbar and leverage it out, to be honest wouldn't know how to proceed, had the cambelt inner cover was still on (that poor plastic wouldn't take the pressure for sure).
With all original Citroen ePAS pump loom in place (relay on the far left of the photo), and a new earthpoint reusing a hole in the radiator housing, this part of the project concluded:
The MOT bucket list was surprisingly short, to replace the O/S/F wishbone.
What could possibly go wrong?
Well, one of the wishbone/subframe steel bolts had seized in, essentially fused itself with the aluminium tubing that sits inside the bush.
So there's no way of getting the bugger out, except for dropping subframe or trying some whacky grinding...
Has anyone been in such a messy situation before?
The clutch biting point has always been very high since we got the car, and even when it doesn't slip, I shouldn't wait for it to (i.e. not driven to "distraction")
Another worrisome bit was seeing the drops of oil collecting under the bell housing, coming out from where the flywheel is (those bungs would be covered in oil):
Oily gunk inside the starter motor only confirmed my suspicion:
Tomorrow will be the gearbox drop and all the oily mess will be revealed. Hoping it's the crankshaft/flywheel seal, and won't be a pig of a job to replace it (haven't looked into that yet)
So far just been following 206 Haynes (occasionally glancing into the 307 one as well), didn't need extra pairs of hands, and left the car for the night without the gearbox mount and the rear engine mount.. just hanging in there! (yet well supported above and below)
Blue Meanie is ready to be washed (pure coincidence)
All spruced up
Next up: crankshaft seal and new self-locking flywheel bolts from the stealer! After examining the clutch release fork, might get a replacement too from ECP, gotta use the opportunity now that the gearbox has dropped...
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